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Gay-Lussac Scientist and Bourgeois.

GAY-LUSSAC, Joseph Louis (1778-1850)]; CROSLAND, Maurice.

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ISBN 10: 0521219795 / ISBN 13: 9780521219792
Published by Cambridge University Press, (1978)., Cambridge:, 1978
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8vo. xvi, 333 pp. Frontis., appendix, bibliography, index. Gilt-stamped black cloth, dust jacket; jacket sun-faded. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR: "For Roger, ex-colleague and fellow historian of French science with best wishes Maurice Crosland Nov 78." Very good. ISBN: 0521219795. Bookseller Inventory # RH1271

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Title: Gay-Lussac Scientist and Bourgeois.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, (1978)., Cambridge:

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Gay-Lussac is best known for his chemical work but also made important contributions to other physical sciences and technology. This is the first work to examine critically both the scientific work and the man behind it. Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850) lived through three revolutions in France and his life reflected the social transformations taking place around him. His education and early progress in science depended on the Revolution of 1789 and on the patronage of the chemist Berthollet, a close associate of Napoleon Bonaparte. Gay-Lussac may be seen as the first 'professional' scientist and indeed, throughout the book, Professor Crosland emphasises that he knew how to use his science to solve practical problems and was able to profit considerably from this application.

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This is the first work to examine critically both the scientific work and the man behind it, and as well as providing the historian of science with a comprehensive account of the life and work of a major nineteenth-century scientist, the book will also be of value to the social and economic historian.

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